I agree that it's really important that those who need to get
through can do so without having to wait, like on the moderated
groups, but I also know the frustration with the spam too. I wanted
to let everyone know one of the ways that we're trying to control
Since no one has to wait to be "approved", every new member gets an
Introduction/Welcome letter from the feline-heart group. In addition
that those form type letters, I've written up a questionnaire that I
send out to every new member that asks the new member to tell us
abou themselves and their kitties. It's the same type of thing
they'd have to fill out on a moderated group, only I send it out
after they join. I check the members lists several times a day and
send new members the questionnaire and ask that they fill it out and
send it back to me within a couple of days of them joining. Those
who don't post an intro or send back the questionnaire are removed
from the group.
I've found that most of the spammers join, then they wait about a
week before they post spam. The exception is whoever this person is
that keeps posting these "freebie" ads. It's the same person, I'm
sure, and they just keep changing their screen name slightly. I went
into their profile, and it's the same profile for each person. So
whoever that is, they're very passionate about their freebies! Then
there are some spammers who join, post and then remove themselves
right after they post the spam. When that happens, I go in and ban
them from being able to join again.
I know that this doesn't stop the spam completely, but what it does
it cuts it way back and if someone does post spam as soon as they
join before I can verify them as actual bonified members, they don't
get a second chance to spam us, because I go in and remove and ban
them. Some of you send me the spam messages and let me know about
it, and that's good too, because sometimes I'll check my inbox
before the website (I'm on web only), and then I'll immediately go
to the website and take them out.
Since July 1st we've had 71 new member join. Of those, so far 18 are
really kitty folks who need to be here, 44 were spammers and 9 are
still pending that I'm waiting to hear from or remove. So at least
we were able to identify 44 people who were solely here just to
spread spam and they can't do that anymore. Not bad, eh?
I think keeping the group open is really important, and we're trying
to keep it "clean" at the same time.
Carol and Snowball and the gang